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The Friends of Belair National Park Inc.

Volunteers working together for conservation.
We are a volunteer group (of about 140) which works in close cooperation with the Park staff for the benefit of the Park and the people of South Australia.

Change of website address

Would you please change your bookmarks for our website to as we will be leaving the sponsorship of at the end of 2020

COVID-19 Health Emergency

COVID-19 Health Emergency. Our regular activities have now largely been resumed but modified to comply with State Government issued directives. These activities include the Public monthly meetings at the Volunteer Centre, Bush Buddies meetings, Bushcare sessions and the monthly guided walks. We have prepared a COVID Safe Plan and will have a Covid Marshal, if required. Where it is necessary to limit numbers attending a function a booking system will be instituted.

Nature Walks The State-sanctioned “Road Map” to recovery allows Guided Walks to resume with groups of up to twenty people as from June 5th. Walks will be on a Tuesday and Sunday as per program on the "Activities" page. For further information Ring – Barb (for Tuesday) 8278 2370, or Pete (for Sunday) 0400 066 775.

Prof Cleland Memorial Walk - 11th November 2020

A reminder that the "nature ramble" in honour of the Prof Cleland Memorial Walk will be held 11th October, starting at 10 am, from the Green Shed. he duration is approximately 2 hours, and will not be the full circumference walk. Note: We offered the full walk last year, and no-one turned up, which is why we are not doing it this year. ... If there is anyone out there who is keen to do the full walk and wants to take it on as a walk leader, let Tina Gallasch know very quickly so we can do the appropriate marketing. Belair NP is the Park of the Month in October, so DEW would assist with marketing.

You need to book. Please email, or send her a text on 0410 129 681.

Scenery, Activities, Flora and Fauna at Belair National Park

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Weeding Group
Weekly Weeding Group - October 2016
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Old Government House
Old Government House - Belair National Park
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Karka Pavillion
Karka Pavillion
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Wildflower walk
Wildflower Walk
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Kangaroo crossing the Adelaide - Melbourne Line
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Kookaburra arriving at the nest with food
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Upper Waterfall
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Eastern Rosella
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Commissioner's Hut
The Commissioner's Hut
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Tree Planting
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Thelymitra x brevifolia.ixiodes
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Jumping Ants
Myrmecia pilosula (Hopper/Jack jumper ant)
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Belair Track in the morning mist
Belair Track in the morning mist

The Friends of Belair National Park Inc are part of a SA wide 'Friends' network that ranges from the Simpson Desert in the far north to Dingly Dell at the bottom tip of the state.The group seeks to further the basic philosophy of the Park - that it should be regarded primarily as a place preserving the natural environment in which users can see and experience that environment.

The objectives of the The Friends of Belair National Park as stated in our Rules are:
  1. to provide voluntary assistance in the conservation and management of the Park in close co-operation and liaison with the staff of DEWNR and/or its successors;
  2. to provide cultural and social activities for the enjoyment of Members and the public;
  3. to raise funds for special projects to benefit The Park and for administration and social activities of the Association;
  4. to provide support for the protection and preservation of the natural and historic values of the Park.

A copy of the Rules of Incororation can be downloaded from here.

South Australia leads the nation with its Friends of Parks network. At the instigation of the State Government and the Nature Conservation Society, volunteer Friends groups were encouraged from the early 1980s to allow community members to assist in the management of the State's parks and reserves, and to encourage enjoyment of the State's natural and cultural heritage.When an average hourly rate of pay is placed on the work that the Friends carry out each year, an estimated $5-6 million worth of work is performed on behalf of the Parks system each year. This includes all hands on work in the field and anything that is carried out in support of this activity.



If there is an Extreme or Catastrophic level Total Fire Ban in the Mt Lofty Ranges announced after 4-30pm on the previous day, all events scheduled by the Friends in Belair National Park will be cancelled, except for the AGM, which would be rescheduled for the following month..

If there is a Severe level fire ban, meetings will go ahead but it will be your personal responsibility to ensure that you have a communication plan in place.

There will no working bees if the forecast temperature is 35 degrees or over.

For all official functions planned by The Friends of BNP ask at the Ticket Office, Belair National Park for free vehicle entry.

For general park enquiries NOT relating to Friends of Belair National Park activities, please call 08 8278 8279. After hours emergency only: call 0427 556 676.

Monthly Meeting (Volunteer Centre) Saturday for October 3rd

Guest Speaker will be Gemma Chambers talking on the Mitcham Council Waste Management System.

Please prebook your intention to attend with Tina Gallasch on 0417 870 596

Subscription Notice

Annual Subscriptions for 2020 are due from 1st January 2020. (refer Membership Page for details)

September 2020 Newsletter is now available through Publications Page